18th Oct, 2019

Old Leam Veterans in good shape prior to early abandonment

Ben Tyler 3rd Oct, 2019

OLD Leamingtonians Veterans put in a positive display before their encounter with Kenilworth Pirates was abandoned.

The hosts were good value for a 17-5 lead after 55 minutes of play, but were unable to confirm their victory after an OLs player suffered a broken arm, resulting in the match drawing to an early close.

Craig Ellis raced over the try line ten minutes into the game to put OL in front, though a period of stagnancy followed with both sides locked in a battle for territory in midfield.

After eventually gaining a foothold in the Kenilworth half, the hosts broke through for a second time for their second unconverted score of the game.

Andrew Povey gave a timely reminder to Old Leams that the match was far from won, after halving the deficit with his unconverted try to make the scoreline 10-5 at the break.

The second half got under way in sprightly fashion, with a lot of promising forward play from both sides.

Old Leamingtonians slowly edged their way into Kenilworth’s final third and had scrum-half Andy Smyth to thank for his dogged run through the visitors’ rearguard to crash down between the posts.

With the conversion this time scored by Charlie Sabin, OL were 12 points in front, a lead they did not relinquish prior to the abandonment of the game.

OL Veterans next face Stratford Veterans on Friday November 8, while Kenilworth Pirates wait until Saturday November 30 for their home game against Shottery.

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